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DOLE 12 grants Kabuhayan Kits to 64 entreps in Tacurong

Sixty-four small-time entrepreneurs from the informal sectors of the city resume business as the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Tacurong turned over brand-new Starter Kits and Nego-Karts from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) of the Department of Labor and Employment Region XII (DOLE 12) on April 7, 2021 at the City Hall Grounds.

Under DILEEP, the beneficiaries of Tacurong were able to receive One Million Pesos worth of equipment, supplies, and insurance.

Equipment such as oven, pans, and LPG tanks; vulcanizing and auto-repainting machineries; and sari-sari store goods and more were taken home by the recipients depending on the type of business they applied for.

Vendors from the informal sector, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and drug surrenderees composed the recipients of this grant. Meanwhile applicants belonging to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are exempted to avail this grant since 4Ps provides its own separate assistance.

The DILEEP implementation in Tacurong ensued after City Councilor David Salazar, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Labor and Employment Chairperson, pushed for a Memorandum of Agreement between City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla and DOLE making the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong an Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) of the program.

In attendance at the turnover ceremony of the Kabuhayan Kits were City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Councilors Lalaine Montilla and David Salazar, City Accountant Orly Edica, Executive Assistant to the Mayor Rogelio Garcia, and DOLE Representative Donna Baron. They all echoed the same sentiment to handle the grant with much importance as such, once sustained, can elevate the recipients’ quality of life.

This message was met with acceptance from the grantees and two of them, Kakanin Vendor Milagros Albania and Barber Salmone Fortunato, delivered their profuse gratitude almost tearfully.

The Kabuhayan grant is only one of the many interventions of the LGU to abate the adverse impact of the pandemic. This grant is also a follow up to the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program of DOLE that was also recently carried out this month in the city. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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PWDs, others receive livelihood starter kits from DOLE, LGU

Using sign language with an interpreter beside him, twenty-six year old John Michael Billones tried hard to convey his gratitude to the government for the livelihood starter kits he received during a turnover ceremony held earlier today, February 7, at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

Billones, deaf and mute, is one of the 14 Persons With Disability beneficiaries of the livelihood projects released by the Local Government Unit (LGU) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12.

His kit, amounting to P13 thousand, includes a set of materials for barbecue business such as fabricated steel grill, 15 kilograms of meat, tables & chairs, pneumatic umbrella, cooking pot, and basin among others.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio Cano, Mayor Angelo Montilla and his spouse Cora Montilla were on hand in giving his livelihood project.

A total of 66 individual beneficiaries received their kits on various livelihood undertakings such as carinderia, halo-halo making, dressmaking, welding, vulcanizing, carpentry, and barber cutting among others.

The project falls under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) that aims to provide tools and jigs for the informal sector to help augment their income.

More than half a million pesos was allocated and funded by the DOLE for this batch of recipients that also included drug surrenderers who had completed the required community-based rehabilitation program.

Also present during the turnover of livelihood projects were City Councilor Remo Flores, City Councilor David Salazar, DOLE Provincial Head Mary Jane Hoksuan, and Rev. Father Daryl Dan Bilbao, DCC.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles and City Accountant Orly Edica also attended the activity.

Last January, the Tacurong Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA) also received a Water Refilling Business Project worth P500 thousand from the DOLE. (ASF, LGU Information)

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